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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Revelation 22:1-21

22  And he showed me a river of water of life,+ clear as crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb+  down the middle of its broad way. And on this side of the river and on that side [there were] trees*+ of life producing twelve crops of fruit, yielding their fruits each month.+ And the leaves of the trees [were] for the curing of the nations.+  And no more will there be any curse.+ But the throne of God+ and of the Lamb+ will be in [the city],* and his slaves will render him sacred service;*+  and they will see his face,+ and his name will be on their foreheads.+  Also, night will be no more,+ and they have no need of lamplight nor [do they have] sunlight, because Jehovah* God will shed light+ upon them, and they will rule as kings forever and ever.+  And he said to me: “These words are faithful and true;+ yes, Jehovah* the God of the inspired expressions*+ of the prophets+ sent his angel forth to show his slaves the things that must shortly take place.+  And, look! I am coming quickly.+ Happy is anyone observing the words of the prophecy of this scroll.”+  Well, I John was the one hearing and seeing these things. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship+ before the feet of the angel that had been showing me these things.  But he tells me: “Be careful! Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers who are prophets+ and of those who are observing the words of this scroll. Worship God.”+ 10  He also tells me: “Do not seal up* the words of the prophecy of this scroll, for the appointed time is near.+ 11  He that is doing unrighteousness, let him do unrighteousness still;+ and let the filthy one be made filthy still;+ but let the righteous+ one do righteousness still, and let the holy one be made holy still.+ 12  “‘Look! I am coming quickly,+ and the reward+ I give is with me, to render to each one as his work is.+ 13  I am the Al′pha and the O·me′ga,*+ the first and the last,+ the beginning and the end. 14  Happy are those who wash their robes,+ that the authority [to go] to the trees* of life+ may be theirs and that they may gain entrance into the city by its gates.+ 15  Outside are the dogs+ and those who practice spiritism*+ and the fornicators+ and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone liking and carrying on a lie.’+ 16  “‘I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to YOU people of these things for the congregations. I am the root+ and the offspring+ of David, and the bright morning star.’”+ 17  And the spirit*+ and the bride+ keep on saying: “Come!” And let anyone hearing say: “Come!”+ And let anyone thirsting come;+ let anyone that wishes take life’s water free.+ 18  “I am bearing witness to everyone that hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone makes an addition+ to these things, God will add to him the plagues+ that are written in this scroll; 19  and if anyone takes anything away from the words of the scroll of this prophecy, God will take his portion away from the trees of life+ and out of the holy city,+ things which are written about in this scroll. 20  “He that bears witness of these things says, ‘Yes; I am coming quickly.’”+ “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.” 21  [May] the undeserved kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ* [be] with the holy ones.*+


Lit., “tree” (generically); or, “wood.” Gr., xy′lon.
Or, “it,” fem., that is, the city.
“Will render . . . sacred service.” Gr., la·treu′sou·sin. See Ex 3:12 ftn.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
Or, “of the spirits.” Gr., ton pneu·ma′ton; Lat., spi·ri′tu·um.
Or, “Do not keep secret.”
Or, “I am the A and the Z.” See 1:8 ftn, “Omega” and ad under “Alpha and Omega.”
See vs 2 ftn.
“Those who practice spiritism.” Or, “sorcerers.” Lit., “druggers.” Gr., phar·ma·koi′.
Or, “the inspired utterance.”
“Christ,” VgSyh; אA omit.
“With the holy ones. Amen!” א; Syh, “with all the holy ones. Amen!”; Vgc, “with you all. Amen!”; AVg, “with all.”